Linked by Thomas Leonard on Tue 16th Jan 2007 00:32 UTC
General Development In the Free and Open Source communities we are proud of our 'bazaar' model, where anyone can join in by setting up a project and publishing their programs. Users are free to pick and choose whatever software they want... provided they're happy to compile from source, resolve dependencies manually and give up automatic security and feature updates. In this essay, I introduce 'decentralised' installation systems, such as Autopackage and Zero Install, which aim to provide these missing features.
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RE: yay!
by butters on Tue 16th Jan 2007 04:17 UTC in reply to "yay!"
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Huh? The only alternative to installing software is SaaS (software as a service). Even dragging and dropping a compressed archive falls under the category of software installation.

No, I don't think I'm being pedantic here. The first time I had to install software on a Mac, it took me a little while to figure out how to get it to install the software permanently rather than run it out of the disk image. Even then it didn't add the program to the Dock automatically. It made me feel stupid that I had mastered Gentoo yet had problems with the "intuitive" MacOS X. I'm not saying it's harder to install software on a Mac than on other systems, but it's not 100% intuitive for everybody. Very few things are.

Further, how do I keep my system up to date? Is there a single command or button? What if the upstream distributor moves to a different web address? Why should I trust a third party to deliver software that integrates nicely with the rest of my system?

I think that searching the web and downloading some compressed archive is a pathetic idea from "Windoze" and MacOS X. Package management takes the guess work out of finding, installing, and updating software, while providing some protection against malicious packages, I might add.

To each his own... but I personally feel that the most challenging aspect of package management for newbies is that it's different.

I see why you get "dugg down" a lot. Notice how you make a strong assertion and then back it up with nothing? You could be right, but you're not going to change anyone's mind like this.

Edited 2007-01-16 04:19

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